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World’s Biggest Tree Hug

Portland earns Guinness World Record

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Validating every stereotype you’ve learned fromĀ Portlandia, Guinness World Records confirmed Tuesday that the Oregon city officially holds the world record for theĀ largest tree hug.

For one full minute, 936 people, including a newly married bride and groom, wrapped their arms around a tree at Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park in July 2013. The previous record of only 720 tree huggers was set in the United Kingdom in 2011.

Portland’s prestigious status as the preeminent tree-hugging destination might not stand for long. Scotland already attempted to best the record, hosting a tree-hugging fest last December that has yet to be confirmed.

Leaving nothing to chance, Portland has already scheduled a larger world-record attempt this summer.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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